Bronze sculpture "Nymph descending to the bath", after Étienne Maurice Falconet
Brown patina bronze sculpture of a Nymph bathing after the famous marble by Etienne-Maurice Falconet, presented at the Salon of 1757. This model, inspired by a painting by François Lemoyne, exudes all the grace and discreet sensuality of the Antique period. Leaning on a tree trunk, the nude young woman holds a drapery in her hands. This charming statue of a bather rests on a square base in brown patinated bronze. Attributed to the French school of the 19th century. The original marble by Falconet has been on display at the Louvre since 1855.
Dimensions of base: 17 cm x 17.5 cm
A new feminine ideal
In the 17th century, Falconet, inspired by Lemoyne's painting "La Baigneuse", defined a feminine canon that would permeate his later works. Among the attributes of this canon of beauty are narrow hips, small, high breasts, sloping shoulders, a triangular face and a fine smile, as well as the median parting, a hairstyle inspired by Antiquity that so appealed to Madame Du Barry that she asked to have her portrait painted in this style.
Dim: W: 21cm, D: 20cm, H: 60cm.
Dim: W: 8,3in, D: 7,9in, H: 23,6in.
Condition report: Very good condition.